Black History Month: '70s Black Cinema

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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Many credit 1971's Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song as the first blaxploitation flick. The movie was a labor of love from Melvin Van Peebles, who wrote, produced, directed and starred (along with his son Mario Van Peebles) in the gritty drama. Bill Cosby even gave him a loan to complete the project, which went on to earn a place in Black cinema history.

(Photo: Courtesy New World Pictures)

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